April 03, 2012 - 8:00 am

BY OLYMPIA MEOLA

Del. David L. Englin, D-Alexandria, has announced that he will not seek re-election to his Virginia House of Delegates seat to focus on rebuilding his marriage and family.

"In my public role, I have worked hard to serve my constituents and to be an effective, progressive voice in Richmond. But in my personal life, I let down my family and was unfaithful in my marriage, so Shayna and I recently separated," he said in a statement.

Englin was among the most vocal opponents of legislation in this year’s General Assembly session to require women to have an ultrasound before an abortion. He blasted the bill on the House floor and on cable TV.

He was re-elected in November to his fourth term in the 45th House district, which includes parts of Alexandria city and Fairfax and Arlington counties.

Englin says he will leave political life “to put Shayna and Caleb first and to focus on rebuilding what is and always was most important to me: my marriage and my family.”

"I am deeply sorry for hurting the people I love the most and for letting down so many others who put their faith in me."